BOYNE Winter Golf School Coming to Florida’s PGA Village

BOYNE Winter Golf School Coming to Florida’s PGA Village
Escape the Cold for Instruction from BOYNE Golf Academy Teachers at the PGA of America’s Impressive Center for Golf Learning and Performance
(PETOSKEY, Mich.) BOYNE Golf – home to 10 premier golf courses spanning three resorts in the scenic northwest corner of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula – will host its third season of the BOYNE Winter Golf School at PGA Village (Port St. Lucie, Fla.).Three-day programs are available from January through April and will be led by BOYNE Golf Academy veterans Brian O’Neill and Mike Fay. Instruction will take place at the PGA of America’s acclaimed Center for Golf Learning and Performance (CLP) and PGA Golf Club.

The CLP is a 35-acre facility featuring more than 100 full-swing practice stations, a world-class fitness and performance center, multiple pitching and chipping areas, 7,000 square feet of USGA-certified putting greens and a three-hole teaching course. Nearby PGA Golf Club boasts 72 holes of championship golf (Wanamaker, Dye, Ryder and St. Lucie Trails golf courses), as well as a new 20,000-square-foot clubhouse.

“BOYNE Winter Golf School is an excellent opportunity to escape to sunny Florida for a few days and sharpen your game for the heart of the 2016 season,” says Bernie Friedrich, Boyne Resorts’ senior vice president of golf and resort sales. “Brian and Mike have a strong track record of success incorporating state-of-the-art technology with tried and true techniques to help players of all ages and abilities.”

Highlights of the BOYNE Winter Golf School include:

  • 3:1 student to teacher ratio
  • 24 total hours of coaching
  • Trackman ball flight analysis
  • V1 coaching video analysis with voice over
  • Three rounds of golf with on-course coaching throughout
  • Individualized golf fitness evaluation with a Titleist TPI Professional
  • Custom, take home BOYNE Golf Academy Total Game Evaluation booklet
  • Lunch daily at the recently revamped and renamed Taplow Pub at PGA Village
  • One hour follow-up lesson with the BOYNE Golf Academy at Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Highlands Resort or Bay Harbor Golf Club
  • Continued instruction through BOYNE’s on-line coaching system 

Rates begin at $2,000 per person; more details are available here.

For more information about BOYNE Golf and the BOYNE Golf Academy:,, 844.634.5315

About BOYNE Golf

BOYNE Golf offers the largest collection of courses (10) in the Midwest shared among three resorts in northwest Michigan’s Petoskey area: Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs, Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, and The Inn at Bay Harbor – A Renaissance Golf Resort in Bay Harbor. Golfers play up to 72 holes daily thanks to the region’s long daylight hours and ideal summer temperatures. With courses suited to a wide range of playing abilities, accommodations for every taste and budget, world-class amenities and memorable off-resort attractions, BOYNE is a premier destination for vacationing golfers, families and meeting planners.

Affliction Clothing Keeps the Drive Alive

Affliction Clothing Keeps the Drive Alive

(SEAL BEACH, CA) –Can a brand of clothing have the power to change someone’s life?

For retired United States Marine Jose Luiz Sanchez Affliction Clothing did. Jose reached out to executives at Affliction recently to share his incredible story and his life-saving connection with the brand.

Critically wounded by hostile fire while on patrol in Afghanistan, Jose lost his leg and returned home a cripple. He fell into despair, drowning in anger, loss and fear, his will to live diminishing with each day. Recognizing his downward spiral, Jose reached within, harnessing his strength and turned his anguish into power at the gym. Geared up in Affliction clothing he began training so rigorously he continually snapped his prosthetic leg. But he refused to give up. “I used the pain to fuel the fire within. I could not let selfishness consume my life. I made it my mission to become a better me than I was before and found new purpose motivating others to become a better version of themselves. Giving back to the world is my passion now.”

“When I saw the brand Affliction I instantly connected with it,” explains Sanchez. “I didn’t want people to feel sorry for me, I didn’t want anyone to focus on my injury or my weakness and my fear. I wanted them to see my strength and my drive. Wearing Affliction helped me be more comfortable with who I was. It made a statement when I had no words. It fought for me when I couldn’t fight for myself.

My Affliction has been with me day in and day out since I got injured. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t live with that pain and that suffering. But that Affliction keeps my drive alive,” says Sanchez.

After hearing his incredible story, Affliction has named Sanchez an Affliction Sport brand ambassador. “He exemplifies what the brand stands for,” says Eric Foss, co-owner of Affliction Clothing. “We celebrate his attitude, his fighting spirit and his ability to overcome adversity and turn his pain into the power to achieve.”

A popular men’s lifestyle brand for over a decade, Affliction has multitudes of die-hard fans who live the brand’s “Live Fast” mantra. The drive to push limits in the pursuit of excellence creates a brotherhood for extreme athletes, musicians, artists and those who live with heart and passion.

In March, Affliction will introduce its newest line, Affliction Sport. Blurring lines between fashion and fitness, Affliction Sport, is engineered to turn up the volume on training. Created at the request of a rich stable of professional athletes who support the brand, Affliction listened to their demands and designed a casual athletic line that allows athletes to maximize performance and train in style. In and out of the gym, Affliction Sport provides a clean and polished look.

The line utilizes a specialty knit fabric developed by Affliction called Tetris Mock Twist. This performance based jersey fabric is knit using multi-colored yarns, which give it a digital Tetris look and a very soft and comfortable hand feel. The Cotton/Poly blended Tetris Mock Twist fabric wicks moisture away from the skin and has a cooling effect, for extreme comfort at peak performance levels.

The new collection features streamlined art subtly distressed for a vintage yet modern look which is new to the Affliction brand.  The designs focus on Affliction’s iconic logo in bright pops of color printed using waterbase inks mixed with high-density inks for subtle 3D effects. The line also utilizes reflective ink that produces a strobe-like affect when lit. This reflective technology makes the wearer visible at night, bridging the gap between safety and style.

Affliction Sport, for those who are willing to endure pain and suffering to push the limits of what is possible. Keep the drive alive!

Hear Jose Luiz Sanchez’s incredible story.


AFFLICTION: The passion that drives us to reach for greatness. We are inspired by those who live fast and are willing to endure pain and suffering to push the limits of what is possible. You embrace the ideology of never say I can’t, but I am the first who ever has. your affliction makes you build when others buy. You believe in craftsmanship over commodity. Your affliction makes you lead when others choose to follow. You create when others consume. You hear music when others hear noise. Your affliction lets you see beyond the chaos as art emerges from within. You will rise, you will fall, but you will greet the challenge. You, innovators, are the fuel. Our affliction is a never-ending passion to design and create clothing that speaks to you. We share your insanity and will not be ignored. You inspire us. It is our affliction that binds us. Together we will change things. Every man dies, not every man truly lives! What is your affliction?

Cure Putters Earns Spot on Golf Digest’s Hot List

(Flagler Beach, FL) – The March 2016 issue ofGolf Digest has hit the newsstands and its official…Cure Putters, “The Fastest Growing Putter on The Champions Tour” has made the prestigious Golf Digest Hot List. Cure’s new Classic Series putters, the cx1 and cx2, have been honored in the “Blade” category.

The Golf Digest Hot List is derived from in-depth club testing that is administered by a Hot List Panel consisting of 36 Players, Scientists, Retailers, and Club Fitters, who this year reviewed hundreds of products and came up with what they refer to as the equipment that is most intriguing, and most significant for 2016.

Each product was rated and given points in several different categories including, Performance, Innovation, Look/Sound/Feel, and Demand. Cure’s Classic Series putters received high marks in all categories tested including 4 ½ out of 5 stars for Innovation and 4 stars for Performance. Comments from the Editor of Golf Digest Magazine included, “With almost twice the resistance to twisting of your typical blade, these oversize and weighty blades are designed to eliminate torque and minimize face-angle variation. In short, the design keeps the clubface square and stable through impact. It’s mallet like weight and blade like control make it unique.” They went on to say, “Looks heavier than it feels…Easy to power it through the ball…Consistent distance control and performance.”

“We are thrilled and honored to receive the Hot List Award from Golf Digest. We have worked very hard to bring golfers of all skill levels the very best in putter technology over the last two years and we’ve really come a long way. We have listened to player feedback and designed new putters with an improved look, sound and feel that offer real performance gains. From amateur golfers to Tour players, the results are in, and they are all putting better. This is a very exciting time in our company where we are seeing people all around the world believe in what we are doing at Cure Putters. This award validates all the hard work and pride our people have put into our products that, by the way, are made right here in the USA! On behalf of the Cure Putters team, I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the good folks at Golf Digest for including us in their consideration and we’re very pleased to receive this award,” said Jim McCarthy, CEO.

Cure Putters has led the industry in delivering the Highest Moment of Inertia (MOI) in putters since launching in 2014; the new Classic Series delivers the incredible stability and forgiveness of a High MOI mallet in a visually stunning, traditional blade style putter. It’s the best of both worlds.

The initial launch of the Classic Series includes two new models: the cx1, a square back blade; and the cx2, a round back blade. These 100% CNC Milled aluminum putters are slightly oversized (5″ blade length) with tungsten weight inserts in the heel and toe, plus 42g of weight adjustability via 6 removable weights, providing a simple, traditional look at address, with twice the MOI and stability of a typical blade!

The cx1 and cx2 putters are offered in an anodized black or platinum finish. The cx1 has an adjustable weight range from 334 to 376 grams; with MOI ranging from 6,400 to 7,200 g/cm2. The cx2 can be adjusted from 342 to 384 grams; with MOI ranging from 6,550 to 7,350 g/cm2.

Cure Putters are known for producing an incredibly smooth roll due a higher center of gravity, lower loft, and a deeper face that impacts the ball at the equator. This eliminates backspin and creates a lower, more consistent launch angle and quicker, tighter forward roll, helping the ball stay on the intended line.

About Cure Putters
Cure Putters is a golf putter manufacturer based in Flagler Beach, Florida. Guided by the principle that “Form Follows Function”, Cure Putters takes a no-nonsense, performance driven approach to putter design. Cure putters all feature an Extremely High MOI design, which is very stable and offers incredible forgiveness for much greater accuracy and distance control, even on extreme mishits. The adjustable weighting system allows a wide range of weight adjustability, allowing the golfer to find the perfect weight to suit their stroke and tempo. With a higher center of gravity, lower loft and deeper face that impacts the ball at the equator, Cure Putters deliver a superior roll – getting the ball rolling sooner, helping it stay on the intended line. Cure Putters’ innovative design takes several problematic variables out of the equation and offers incredible forgiveness and control, resulting in a tighter shot dispersion. Golfers of every skill level will putt more consistently, build confidence and achieve better results with a Cure Putter.

For more information on Cure Putters visit

Sports Turf Managers Association Conference Experiences Record Number of States, Countries Represented

Sports Turf Managers Association Conference Experiences Record Number of States, Countries Represented

Four-day Event in San Diego Featured 600-Plus Exhibitors

(LAWRENCE, Kan.)Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the professional organization for 2,600 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide – recently hosted its 27th annual Conference & Exhibition in San Diego, Calif. with over 600 exhibitors and 1,200 attendees from a record 13 countries, including Australia, China, Italy, Peru and Scotland, and 48 states.

The four-day event was highlighted by the “Seminar on Wheels Tour” at various professional, collegiate and youth sports complexes in the San Diego region. In addition, attendees took part in more than 60 educational sessions, visited sports turf exhibits and networked with environmental science leaders.

“As the leading sports turf management industry event in the world, we once again offered cutting-edge content and networking opportunities for attendees and exhibitors,” says Jeff Salmond, Certified Sports Field Manager (CSFM), newly-elected STMA President and Director of Athletic Field Management for the University of Oklahoma. “The wide variety of educational sessions provide our members with tools, ideas and best practices to implement at their organization or athletic facility.”

SAFE, the association’s charitable foundation, raised more than $27,000 during the Conference through its Jan. 19 golf tournament, “Night of Bowling” and silent and live auctions throughout the week. Proceeds benefit educational programs, scholarships and grants with the goal of enriching communities through safe, sustainable sports and recreation fields for all athletes.

Timothy Gay, Ph.D., a Physics and Astronomy professor at the University of Nebraska, provided a keynote address on Jan. 21 to the STMA membership. He discussed the intricacies of sports turf impacts and the role it plays in the current debate regarding concussions.

STMA held its Awards Banquet on Jan. 22 to recognize “Field of the Year” winners. It also bestowed Founders Awards to four members, commemorating significant contributions to the profession. Recipients included:

  • Dick Ericson Award: Michael Buras, CSFM, Longwood Cricket Club
  • George Toma Award: Ben Polimer, Town of Weston
  • William H. Daniel Award: Mary Owen, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Harry C. Gill Award: Dr. Michael Goatley, Virginia Tech

This year, the “Student Challenge Cup” had participation from 32 teams, culminating in more than 120 scholars from across the country. These students represented both two and four-year colleges from 20 states. The Cup featured a proctored exam on Jan. 21.

New additions to the Conference included: “Fun Run/Walk” led by chair Tom Nielsen of the Louisville Bats; “International and First Timer’s Reception” on January 20; and a free customized Conference app to help attendees build schedules, rate sessions and download speaker presentations.

Since 1989, STMA has hosted its annual convention at major cities across the U.S. including Denver, Colo. in 2015. Next year’s event will be held in Orlando, Fla. Jan. 24-27, 2017. Additional future sites include Fort Worth, Texas (2018) and Phoenix, Ariz. (2019).

For more info on STMA:,, 800.323.3875.

About STMA

STMA is the not-for-profit, professional association for men and women who manage sports fields worldwide.  Since 1981, the association and its 34 local chapters have been providing education, information and sharing practical knowledge in the art and science of sports field management.  Its more than 2,600 members oversee sports fields and facilities at schools, colleges and universities, parks and recreational facilities, and professional sports stadiums.

For more information:, 800.323.3875.